A trio of Oaks Christian freshmen combined for seven goals Friday night, including two late in the second half that secured an 11-9 victory over No. 17 Thousand Oaks for the No. 18 Lions. It was the first time Oaks Christian has beaten the Lancers in the program’s four-year history.
Ninth-graders Emily Spaeth (2 goals, 3 assists), Nathalie Garcia (3g, 1a) and Sydney Vroman (2g) led the Lions’ offense, with senior Grace Conti (2g, 1a), junior Mariah Davis (1g) and senior Cami Bartlett (1a) contributing to the attack, as well.
With the game knotted 9-9 late, Spaeth assisted on a goal by Vroman to push the Lions ahead. Spaeth then assisted on a Garcia tally to give Oaks a two-goal cushion that held up.
Early on, it appeared Thousand Oaks (4-5) might keep its winning streak over the Lions rolling. The Lancers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the game’s first 10 minutes. But Oaks recovered, rattling off six consecutive goals from six different players to lead 6-3. Two Lancers goals made it 6-5 at halftime.
T.O. scored three in a row coming out of the break to lead 8-6, but Spaeth and Garcia scored back-to-back goals to again pull Oaks even at 8-8. After the Lancers went ahead 9-8, Conti scored her second of the game to tie it 9-9 and set the stage for Spaeth, Vroman and Garcia to secure the win for the Lions (5-5).